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welcome to bbc news. the former brexit secretary, david davis, has called on the cabinet to unite against theresa may's plan for the uk's withdrawal from the eu. writing in "the sunday times", he says there's an atmosphere of "panic" in downing street — just days before a crucial summit of eu leaders in brussels. he also says mrs may's plan is "completely unacceptable" and has urged cabinet ministers to "exert their collective authority". let's talk to our political correspondent helen catt. i don't think it will surprise anyone that david davis is not a fan of theresa may's brexit proposals. what is surprising is that he appears to have decided to ratchet up appears to have decided to ratchet up the pressure this week by making this court to her most senior ministers to effectively rebel against government plans. in his article he says the government should assert its collective authority and stop theresa may pressing ahead with this proposal
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that he says is flawed. the heart of it is what happens when we don't get a deal and the irish border. the idea that the uk as a whole could stay in the customs union for a while longer to make sure there is no hard border, no tricks of the border there. staying at a customs union would mean that the uk could not go off and make its own trade deals and that, david davis says, is not acceptable. is indicating that he thinks there are some figures within the cabinet who might be tempted to follow his advice? that is the big question. what he is saying is reflective of what some in cabinet of what some cabinet members, are thinking, like andrea leadsom, her name has been mentioned. this is reflective of what others are thinking. arlene
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foster is being reported as having had some thoughts, the leader of the dup... had some thoughts, the leader of the dup. .. one had some thoughts, the leader of the dup... one source report leaked government e—mails which suggests that arlene foster is happy to trigger a no deal. she sees that as the most likely outcome that arlene foster has herself written in the belfast telegraph urging theresa may not to accept logical is a dodgy deal foisted onto her not to accept logical is a dodgy dealfoisted onto her by not to accept logical is a dodgy deal foisted onto her by others. not to accept logical is a dodgy dealfoisted onto her by others. she says no 10 has insisted that any such arrangement would be time limited and temporary. but the eu is resista nt to limited and temporary. but the eu is resistant to setting an end date and thatis resistant to setting an end date and that is the crux of the argument. what about the labour party today? reports suggest that up to 15 labour mps may be prepared to vote against
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that. we're waiting to hear more about where labour are on that entirely. thank you very much, helena. a man's died in a landslide in south west wales, following torrential rain and heavy winds across large parts of the uk. storm callum left thousands of homes and businesses without power. flooding and fallen trees left roads and rail lines blocked — but the met office says weather conditions will improve today. chi chi izundu reports. wales hasn't seen floodwater like this for decades. overnight, more rain, more flood defences breached. in carmarthenshire, police remain at the scene of a landslide. one man was killed here. officers are warning against all but essential travel. wales bore the brunt of storm callum. torrential rain and wind has flooded homes and left some without power.
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i've been here 26, 27 years. i was born here and i've never seen it this bad. it's quite bad. some of the smaller cars are trying to get through, and then, well, they're going through, but at the other end, they're just breaking down because the water's so deep on the road. ijust don't know how long it's going to take for it to all go down, so it'sjust waiting for everything to dry out, i guess, and see what happens from there. but i know a lot of people on the street haven't got insurance or anything, so i don't know what they're going to do or what i'm going to do. the force of the storm has been felt across much of the uk. in brighton, a man died after being swept out to sea in the early hours of saturday morning. last night, train services on the west coast main line between preston and carlisle were stopped by a landslide. forecasters say the worst of the rain has now passed, but warnings of flooding look set to remain in place for much of the day. chi chi izundu, bbc news. hurricane force winds have hit parts of portugal, bringing down trees and leaving more than 15,000
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homes without power. people were urged not to go outdoors overnight as storm leslie swept towards the centre and north of the country. it's a rare example of an atlantic hurricane striking continental europe. winds of more than one hundred miles per hour were recorded overnight. britain and the us may be about to boycott a major investment conference in saudi arabia following the disappearance of journalist jamal khashoggi. it comes after president trump threatened saudi arabia with severe punishment, if it is found to be responsible for mr khashoggi's death at the kingdom's consulate in istanbul last week. eliza philipp—idis reports. president trump is under international and domestic pressure to help determine what happened to mr khashoggi and punish
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saudi arabia if investigations show its government had him killed. and though he's promised severe punishment, sanctions on arms don't seem to be on the cards. when we take away $110 billion of purchases from our country, that hurts our workers, that hurts our factories, that hurts all of our companies. you're talking about 500,000 jobs. the turkish authorities say they have evidence of the washington postjournalist being murdered by a saudi hit squad at the istanbul consulate, but so far, hard evidence has not been produced. pressure is now growing on the saudis to prove that mr khashoggi left the embassy alive after he went to get papers for his wedding. if they can't, the international community say they will boycott a high—profile investment conference in riyadh later this month. diplomatic sources say both the us treasury secretary and the uk international trade secretary may now not attend. this would amount to a huge snub by two of saudi arabia's key allies. eliza philippidis, bbc news.
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bavaria in southern germany is holding a regional election. chancellor merkel‘s regional allies the csu are expected to lose their absolute majority, while the smaller parties including the greens and the far—right afd are expected to make gains. the csu could be forced into a regional coalition in bavaria — a setback that could further complicate the chancellor's federal government. jenny hill has more. angela merkel will be keeping a close eye on bavaria. that's because her sister party, the bavarian version of her conservatives, is expected to take a humiliating hammering at the ballot box. for decades, the csu has reigned supreme in bavaria.
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today, if the polls are to believed, all that is set to change. the csu has shifted its policies, its tone, to the right, in response to the threat from the far right anti—migrant party afd. it doesn't seem to have worked, afd is still a significant challenge. they're expected to enter the regional parliament for the first time. that policy has also sent voters scurrying into the arms of the green party. they're the real predicted winners of this election. they are expected to come in second and in all probability will end up forming a coalition with the ruling csu. what does all this mean for angela merkel? her critics will say it is humiliating. she is of course associated with the party although its leadership have, in recent months, attacked her. it's likely to mean, potentially, a new face at her coalition table here in berlin if the csu decide to give their current leader horst seehofer, her interior minister, the boot. but the real reason that berlin and other european capitals will be keeping such a close eye on bavaria is this. what's happening that illustrates perfectly the complexity
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of the challenge faced by europe's old established centre right and centre left parties. this isn'tjust about the rise of the far right, it's about voters turning their backs on those, traditional parties and heading instead towards smaller and in some cases newer political movements. take bavaria, its political landscape has for so long been an absolute certainty. now, it's fragmenting fast. jenny hill in berlin. a crackdown on people who wrongly claim free prescriptions is being announced this morning. the nhs in england will also target rogue pharmacists and dentists who defraud the health service. health secretary matt hancock has warned the nhs will no longer be an easy target. richard galpin reports. every year, nhs england loses more than £250 million
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as a result of prescription fraud. people either deliberately or by mistake claiming they're eligible for free prescriptions. but not for much longer, if the government crackdown is successful. the campaign's been launched today by the health secretary matt hancock. he's claiming the nhs will no longer be an easy target. those who steal from it, he says, will face the consequences. and technology is a big part of the solution. a computer database of everyone in england exempt from paying prescriptions will be created, so pharmacists can quickly check before the medication is handed over to patients. there'll also be a focus on pharmacists and dentists who claim payments for services they've not carried out. after pilots starting next year, the anti—fraud campaign is due to be rolled out across nhs england. the government's hoping the health service will be saving up to £300 million a year by 2020. richard galpin, bbc news. we can now speak to sandra gidley, chair of the english pharmacy board. in southampton. good morning. good morning. what are your thoughts on what the health secretary will
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announce today? i think this pot he's got this the wrong way round because if you live in wales or scotla nd because if you live in wales or scotland you can't commit any prescription for because you get your prescriptions free. instead of penalising people who make an honest mistake about medicines, maybe we should think about prescriptions being free for all, and then we look at what you can get on prescription. then the same amount of money could be sold without people feeling guilty. pharmacists are there to help people get their medicines, they are not there to police the welfare benefits systems on behalf of the government. but it is people defrauding the system who are responsible, surely you would want to clamp down on that? it's a relatively small problem, as suspects. in the middle of this you will have a lot of innocent bystanders. for example, you are a
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diabetic and entitled to have your prescriptions free but they renewed every three years, they should you might have forgotten and up in a situation where the computer says no and you refused your medicines. is that fair on anyone? it's important that fair on anyone? it's important that people take their medicines that people take their medicines that are giving them benefit, and we tend to lose sight of that. the point that i am making, and the point that i am making, and the point that i am making, and the point that no doubt matt hancock would make is, if you have a system in place that allows £250 million or more to go in the wrong direction, surely you seek to put that right? the system is in the wrong place if it is going to be in pharmacies. i have heard it may be in the doctors at the time the prescription is generated. again, isay, what at the time the prescription is generated. again, i say, what of the computer says no? the system is only as good as the data put into it. we can't actually get any jazz records tojoin up at the can't actually get any jazz records to join up at the moment. we've got this fiasco with the dwp database
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and universal credit. —— we can't get nhs records to join and universal credit. —— we can't get nhs records tojoin up and universal credit. —— we can't get nhs records to join up at the moment. the pharmacy is not the place to police this. the place to make sure this is all in order is the doctors surgery and gps have a lwa ys the doctors surgery and gps have always resisted checking up on their patients. the practice of signing the back of your prescriptions seems antiquated. the pharmacy is not the place to do this. the pharmacists and their teams, it's not their role to be part of the benefits checking system. if there is a way that patients can check themselves that would be a good idea. but i really think we are tackling the problem the wrong way around. as i have said, if prescriptions were free there would not be a benefit fraud
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problem. and you could save money in other ways by not prescribing medicines which are proven to be of limited benefit. you could save the nhs money. it is in a way different argument but you could save the nhs money in different ways without making innocent people feel like a criminal. and yes there are some people come innocent people who inadvertently took the wrong box. increasingly they are receiving letters saying, you need to pay this fine and it causes them stress and worry to fight that. a lot of these m ista kes worry to fight that. a lot of these mistakes are innocent. it seems to be cracking down on people like that to make honest mistakes in order to catch relatively few people who defraud the system deliberately. and thatis defraud the system deliberately. and that is wrong. the point you make of the start is about devolution, isn't devolution a good thing in your view? england does something
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different to scotland and wales? i'm not here to talk about devolution! i think a lot of patients in england resent the fact that the welsh and the scots get their prescriptions free. the royal pharmaceutical society is part of the long—term prescriptions alliance. a lot of charities, a lot of bodies think that prescription is free at the point of delivery, that that would bea point of delivery, that that would be a good thing because then people would get the medicines to which they are entitled. they don't have to make choices based on cost. thank you, sandra gidley, in southampton. time for the headlines now. former brexit secretary david davis calls for a cabinet rebellion over theresa may's plans for leaving the eu — just days ahead of a crucial summit. britain and the us consider boycotting a major investment conference in saudi arabia — after the disappearance of saudi journalist, jamal khashoggi. nhs england says it will launch a crack down on people who wrongly claim free prescriptions.
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the murdered central american archbishop, oscar romero, is being canonised today at the vatican. an outspoken advocate of peace, romero was shot dead at an altar in el salvador in 1980. pope francis will lead the ceremony in front of some 60,000 pilgrims and international heads of state. this is the scene live at the vatican where the canonisation ceremony is due to take place shortly. this will give you a sense of the scale. another canonisation ceremony has gone on later today, one of the predecessors of the pope francis, pull the sixth, is being canonised. he was the pontiff from 1963 to
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1978. archbishop romero and pope paul are being canonised alongside five other new saints at vatican city today. the first lady — melania trump — has been speaking with abc news about her relationship with president trump and her campaign against cyber bullying. during the interview she addressed her infamous jacket that had the slogan ‘i really don't care, do you?‘ emblazoned on the back. melania wore the coat during a visit to an immigrant children's shelter in texas. she said the message was aimed at the left—wing media. it is obvious, i didn't wear the jacket for the children. i wore the jacket for the children. i wore the jacket to go on the plane and of the plane, and it was for the people, for the left wing media, who are criticising me. iwant for the left wing media, who are criticising me. i want to show them that i don't care, you could criticise whatever you want to say but it will not stop me to do what i feel is right. france has begun building
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a fence along part of its border with belgium... it's an attempt to stop the spread of a virus that could have damaging effects on europe's pig population. african swine fever was first detected on belgium's border with luxembourg in september. kathryn armstrong reports. hard at work, these hunters in the north eastern france building an electric fence to protect the local inhabitants from a deadly disease. there are serious concerns that wild boars roaming the woods may become infected with african swine fever which does not affect humans yet can decimate pig populations because there is no cure. the virus was first detected just over the border in belgium last month and thousands of pigs have since been slaughtered to try to prevent it spreading. yet these pig hunters in this french city are taking no chances. translation: wild boars always have their snout close to the ground, if
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we hit them at that level they will turn around and they won't cross into belgium. the fans will cover pa rt into belgium. the fans will cover part of the border and other repellents will be set up in places where offence isn't possible. an ingenious plan for those who will be amongst the most affected if african swine fever makes its way deep into europe. belgium currently faces embargoes on pork products from countries including china which is dealing with its own ad break. it is hoped that fences like this one will prevent france and greater europe from finding themselves in a similar situation. catherine armstrong, bbc news. the first rocket launch into space from british soil could happen as soon as 2020. it's thought it could be sent into orbit from a spaceport in the north of scotland. the uk's space industry is booming, thanks to a huge surge in demand for tiny satellites made here. joe miller has more. when the space race began, back in the 1950s, britain was very
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much a part of it. skylark managed almost a50 launches and its successor even managed to put a satellite into orbit. but space exploration was all but abandoned in the uk after politicians decided that taxpayers' money was better spent elsewhere. now, a boom in demand for satellite technology is bringing the sector back to life. you might not immediately associate british business with the space industry, but the fact is the uk is a world leader when it comes to manufacturing these — microsatellites that are usually the size of a washing machine. now, around 40% of these are made here, and very soon, they'll give us the ability to look at detailed video footage of earth, and the only question is — will they be launched from british soil? the countdown has already begun. in cornwall, virgin galactic is planning to use a 7117 to launch a rocket from the upper atmosphere. but britain's answer to cape canaveral is likely to be built at the other end of the country, much to the bewilderment of locals. this landscape's been part of my life all my life. i've worked here, gathered sheep off this landscape. the idea of a space port was first thought of when highlands and islands enterprise approached us 2.5 years ago and suggested that this area was ideal for a small satellite launch site. scotland's north coast was not only chosen for its remote
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and wild landscape. from our perspective, it's a really good location for access into the orbits that we're most interested in. so, specifically, that's the polar orbit, where a lot of the telecoms and telecommunications, small satellites we'll be able to operate on, they go over the polar regions, but also some synchronous orbit, which is really good if you're trying to observe the world or observe the earth. armed with government grants, lockheed martin is hoping to grab a slice of the rapidly growing space economy, which is estimated to be worth as much as £2 trillion in the next 20 years. residents of the peninsula are hoping the benefits of the firm's intergalactic ambitions will be felt closer to home. we are hoping there will be apprenticeships for young people. we don't have the expertise, we know that in space, in satellite production or satellite launching, but hopefully you can train young people and give them opportunities to see that as future employment. the first ever rocket launch from uk soil could happen as soon as 2020, but britain's space industry has half a century of catching up to do and it will take more than one success to propel it back into orbit. joe miller, bbc news. you can see more on this story
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on the sky at night, tonight at 10pm on bbc 4. the royal horticultural society has tracked down the family of a woman who won a gardening scholarship in 1898 — but who had never been allowed to claim her prize, because of her gender. after weeks of detective work the mystery has been solved as helen briggs reports. a well—tended garden in the yorkshire dales. it belongs to the granddaughter of a certain miss harrison, and she has fond memories of the woman, whose passion for plants was legendary in the family. i think my strongest memory as an 8—9 year old, being taken for walks in the country and being shown the names of all the flowers. we never missed a flower, we went past all the flowers, she knew all the names. now we know her name. olive mary edmondson, nee harrison, and missing details of her life. her family always knew about her success in the exam, having kept papers and letters. they are being shared today with the rhs, who denied her the scholarship all those years ago, but did award a medal.
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we knew she'd had a medal because she had come top, but that's all we knew. nothing about the scholarship, no. just look at the pioneering class. photos show olive attended the swanley horticultural college, where she was the first women of her time to be trained and one of the first women to enter the gardening profession. she was a gardener all her life, which is really lovely to know, and to know that she actually gardened professionally. despite not getting the scholarship, she returned back to swanley and then went to work for the cadbury family as a gardener until she got married in 190a and then she had a family life. it is clear olive's green fingers passed down the generations. she spent her life looking after family and plants and this is the last garden she tended. it's also where her family come to remember her. olive had four children and eventually moved to settle. even in herfinal years, she was helping in the garden of this church. this is the memorial, and you can see that she is the second person down. and she died after about four years in settle. then she was 92. good life, well lived. and she can now take her place in gardening history alongside otherfemale pioneers. helen briggs, bbc news. princess eugenie and her new husband jack brooksbank have released a set of official photographs from their wedding day. one of the pictures shows eugenie
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in a silk evening gown by the american designer zac posen as she attended her evening reception. a group shot shows the bride and groom's families, with eugenie's mother, sarah, standing between the duke of edinburgh and herformer husband the duke of york. and a black and white shot shows the newlyweds sharing a kiss in the scottish state carriage which took them back to windsor castle after the service. around three million people watched the wedding on friday. seann walsh and katya jones returned to strictly come dancing last night for the first time since they were pictured kissing on a night out. there was no direct reference to the controversy on saturday's show, which saw a warm crowd reaction for their charleston — and a score of 28 from the judges. viewers will learn tonight whether they've survived the public vote. we'll get a full weather forecast in just a moment but let's just return to storm callum which has been causing widespread disruption across large parts of the uk. this is how strong the winds were yesterday.
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on the isle of skye, the gusts blew the water on this waterfall backwards. up the cliff face, back to where it came from. extraordinary pictures from the isle of skye. now here's alina jenkins with the weather forecast. hello, torrential rain in the last 48 hours, rain warnings of expired yet flood warnings are in place, the heaviest rain moving eastwards from flooded areas in wales and north—west england, it should be drier in the west, all of this rain has come through this strip of cloud, a really slow—moving front. at the moment it is moving eastward and it will eventually return westward later on today. this is the set through daylight hours on sunday, this slow—moving fund continuing to feed further outbreaks of rain across parts of england and wales. and then trying to slide
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north and east. we should see brighter skies developing across wales in south—west england, a fine day across northern ireland, some spells of sunshine, fine weather across much of scotland, we should catch showers for the northern and western isles, a closer look at four o'clock in the afternoon, of and eastern england, it should take its time to clear, winds are light and temperatures than yesterday, running up temperatures than yesterday, running up into the north of scotland, a bit more cloud and rain for the far east of scotla nd more cloud and rain for the far east of scotland through this afternoon. the front moves away 70s to its overnight and then pushes its way westwards later on, perhaps getting as far west as the eastern side of wales. behind the rain we will see clearer spells, tunbridge is getting closer to freezing across the grounds of scotland. that front is still with us until tomorrow morning, eventually moving east. more cloud and outbreaks of rain particularly through the morning. it
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should remain dry, spells of sunshine, temperatures tomorrow between 11 and 17 celsius. they could feel for many. this area of high pressure will be of england and wales on tuesday, notice these funds toppling in from the atlantic which will increase cloud, bring rain into northern ireland, northern and western scotland, perhaps the of england into the afternoon, maybe into north wales but the rain and mud is nowhere near what we've seen in the last 48 hours. apart from this, sunshine, temperatures
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